How many images do you use in your blog posts?

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What's a good size for blog post images and where do you put them?
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  • Profile picture of the author Tom Addams
    Don't be too worried about size.

    Throw up an image with your keyword in ALT around the start of your post. Distribute as many others as you like throughout (using secondary keywords) and consider other elements to include: video, infographics, outside linking, inner-linking, various CSS doodads, etc. Blog posts need a lot going on.
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    • Profile picture of the author ksmusselman
      I never thought of using infographics. Thanks for that tip!
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      • Profile picture of the author Tom Addams
        Originally Posted by ksmusselman View Post

        I never thought of using infographics. Thanks for that tip!
        Read up on writing content with viral potential. I do a great deal of content marketing and, aside from doing the usual (writing for search and humans), the trick is to encourage the viral spread of your message.
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        • Profile picture of the author ksmusselman
          Originally Posted by Get Rich Methods View Post

          Read up on writing content with viral potential. I do a great deal of content marketing and, aside from doing the usual (writing for search and humans), the trick is to encourage the viral spread of your message.
          I've always struggled with the "viral" aspect.
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  • Profile picture of the author BIBI15
    i usually use 3 images.
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  • Profile picture of the author BIBI15
    one of them is usually add under the title, second one in the middle and the third at the end of the post.

    ps. sometimes i post adsense ads in the middle so it's more likely that visitor will kick my ad.
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    • Profile picture of the author ksmusselman
      Originally Posted by BIBI15 View Post


      ps. sometimes i post adsense ads in the middle so it's more likely that visitor will kick my ad.
      Ditto. I use the Quick Adsense plugin and have ads positioned in the middle and end of every post, plus one on the sidebar.
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  • Profile picture of the author vishwa
    I usually use Max of two pictures in my blog post. However the amount will increase according to requirements or goal of the article.
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    • Profile picture of the author ksmusselman
      Originally Posted by vishwa View Post

      I usually use Max of two pictures in my blog post. However the amount will increase according to requirements or goal of the article.
      That's what I was thinking too. A much longer blog post may need an extra image to break up the article a bit.

      Thanks!
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      • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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        I always think "not too big" and never more than one in a post, myself. It's only personal preference, really.

        I tend to resize all mine to 170 pixels wide, using this site: Resize, Shrink, Crop, Sketch, Grayscale, Blur, and edit you digital photos, images or photos online (I don't mind about the height, I just change that "in proportion".) And I put all pictures (when I use one at all) in the top left-hand corner of the post with text wrap-around (in other words the first few lines of the post are shorter than the rest, which continues below the picture. I allow for a bit of space around the picture so there's a little white margin round it.)

        It's all "personal preference", I think? But I think it makes the page look neater and simple if all pictures are the same width and all in the same position relative to their posts.

        (And it's easier for me to do, that way - always a consideration for people like me with extremely limited skills! ).

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        • Profile picture of the author ksmusselman
          Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

          I think it makes the page look neater and simple if all pictures are the same width and all in the same position relative to their posts.

          (And it's easier for me to do, that way - always a consideration for people like me with extremely limited skills! ).

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          I definitely agree with having some "uniformity" relative to size and position overall in a blog, yes. I'm a Photoshop junkie myself.
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  • Profile picture of the author Esteban Gomez
    I like to use 2 images on my blog posts.

    Usually I post one at the very beginning to capture readers attention and engage them before they start to read my post.

    Also I optimize my images with keywords for the on-page SEO.

    I think images are a must because a blog post without images can become boring to read.

    At least I engage more with posts that have images!

    Cheers
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    • Profile picture of the author ksmusselman
      Originally Posted by Esteban Gomez View Post

      Also I optimize my images with keywords for the on-page SEO.

      I think images are a must because a blog post without images can become boring to read.

      At least I engage more with posts that have images!

      Cheers
      I heard once where if you "alt" tag the image with your primary keyword(s) that you can get a lot of traffic from the image alone if it shows up in a Google search at the top.
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  • Profile picture of the author seekdefo
    It depends on the post length. If it's in the range of 1500 to 2000 words, 10 to 15 images are the norm for me.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jennifer Hutson
    I never use more than one image in a post, unless it is a list that needs additional images to supplement the topic. For example, "5 Super Foods to Lose Weight Fast."

    You would obviously want to use photos for each of the five foods. Use your judgement. If it's not a post that really benefits from additional photos, one is plenty.

    Use a large header image at the top of the post, or a medium-size image that you can right-align or left-align text with.
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  • Profile picture of the author MWarnberg
    i would use small ones connected to the post itself, never more than three since people might lose interests in the post..

    i´ve heard that it does´t ad that much to the post unless you have a fashion blog or something..
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    • Profile picture of the author ksmusselman
      Originally Posted by MWarnberg View Post

      i would use small ones connected to the post itself, never more than three since people might lose interests in the post..

      i´ve heard that it does´t ad that much to the post unless you have a fashion blog or something..
      That's true. In browsing a lot of different blogs, I've noticed that wedding blogs in particular are more about images than text. They tend to use a ton of images with small captions below, but not much content.
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  • Profile picture of the author jgant
    Anywhere from one to dozens. I create image galleries quite a bit hosting them on Amazon AWS Cloudfront.
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    • Profile picture of the author ksmusselman
      Originally Posted by jgant View Post

      Anywhere from one to dozens. I create image galleries quite a bit hosting them on Amazon AWS Cloudfront.
      Amazons S3 is awesome for hosting a lot of graphics. I've had an account there for a while too, especially for hosting client graphics, PowerPoint and videos.

      Thanks!
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  • Profile picture of the author gmarklin
    If it's a short blog post, I would use one and place it at the beginning, If it's a long post I would use two or three of decent size

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